Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Adult in breeding plumage
Long wings row through the air
Searching for fish over North Cove
Expert in plunge-fishing
Male uses fish in courting female
Aerial courtship dance
Pair chooses nest site together
Parent very defensive of nest site
Clutch usually 1 to 3 eggs; 6 eggs here from two nests
Precocial chicks fledge in 25 days
Voracious chicks also fed squid, crustaceans, large flying insects
Adult-sized fledgling still being fed
Fledgling strengthened for migration to southern South America
Juveniles may be fed during migration
Parents may feed young on wintering ground

Species account to come.

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